Bronx Little School

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Safe, welcoming environment

The Downside

Some friction between administration and staff

Our Review

Bronx Little School, also known at PS 691, has grown from about 100 students to more than 300 since it first opened in 1999.

The school, originally housed in the former Monroe High School, began as an alternative school patterned after the progressive Central Park East elementary school in East Harlem. But Janice Gordon, principal since 2005, has adopted more traditional practices. The school moved from Monroe and now shares a building with PS 531 and PS 536, two new schools which are replacing PS 102, which the Department of Education decided to close for poor performance.

Parents say the school is safe and welcoming, according to the Learning Environment Survey. However, there appears to be some friction between the administration and staff: one-quarter of the teachers responding to the survey claim the principal is a poor manager.

Admissions: Unzoned school. Children zoned for PS 102 get preference, but children from anywhere in the Bronx may apply. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
318
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
11.0%
Black
19.2%
Hispanic
67.0%
White
0.9%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
17%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 536 and Archer Elementary
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
136%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
37%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
58%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
18%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
17%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
20%
22% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.05
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.07
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
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